Get Your Hearing Tested with a Loved One

//Get Your Hearing Tested with a Loved One

Get Your Hearing Tested with a Loved One

{Comment on the blog to enter our contest}

Your First Hearing Exam

At Levine Hearing, we highly recommend your first hearing exam by age 50. An efficient way to accomplish this goal is to get your hearing tested with a loved one. It is not uncommon to have friends or spouses come in together for the same (slightly extended) appointment slot to get their hearing tested. One goal that we have set for ourselves in the office for this next year is to encourage all of our current patients to bring in their spouses or a loved one in 2019 to get a baseline test on the books.

Caretaker Syndrome

From what I have seen, spouses often take turns in caregiving and in attending to their health. The one who is in “caretaker” mode might put themselves on the backburner for quite some time. I want to encourage that person to come in for a free test, even if hearing aids are not on the agenda yet, to get that baseline hearing test out of the way. If all is clear, then you can go several years before getting tested again.

What are the first signs of a hearing loss?

  • Frustration with family and friends because they are talking to you from the next room
  • Repeatedly having to ask certain people to repeat themselves
  • A family member commenting that your TV is turned up too loud
  • Difficulty hearing in noisy places like restaurants

When is it time to get hearing help?

I give a personal example to explain this in my office. When I got glasses at 15 years old, I wasn’t blind and I wasn’t running into things. My eyesight did not drop suddenly, but gradually over time, things started to get a bit blurry without me even realizing it. That first day that I got glasses, I was amazed at all the individual leaves on the trees! I tell you this story because hearing loss usually happens gradually and correction is not needed right away. Get your hearing tested with a loved one to establish a baseline audiogram so a drop can more easily be identified down the road.

 

If you currently wear hearing aids (or know someone who does), what were the signs of hearing loss that you noticed? How have hearing aids improved those situations for you or your loved ones?

 

Hi! I’m Madison. I’m a Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist (like my mother). I’m observing, learning, absorbing and sharing as I become a part of this beautiful South Charlotte Hearing community. I want to know you! So please leave me comments if my posts are meaningful to you or teach you something new, and feel free to tweet me at @LevineHearing!

By |2018-12-02T22:51:44+00:00December 2nd, 2018|Levine Hearing Events|7 Comments

About the Author:

7 Comments

  1. Scott Whitlock December 3, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Madison – your thoughts for the entire person and family are so refreshing. Rather than focus on “the sale”, you are embracing the lifestyle and the entirety of what your patients are likely to be going through. You are taking the time to consider their journey.
    Thanks for allowing the recipient of this message to be “the hero”. You and your team are guides on this journey.
    My best to you and your team and your loved ones!

    • Madison December 3, 2018 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Scott, that is such an encouraging observation. Thank you for the kind words! When we help people hear better, we know that our impact will reach many more people than the individual who got the hearing aids. Wishing you the best as well!

  2. Ray December 4, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    I had a similar experience with my eyesight. I didn’t even know what I was missing out on until I got glasses. I would imagine the same is true for your hearing. Someone could go years without realizing that their quality of life is suffering.

  3. Doug December 4, 2018 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Also, I feel that those persons that have significant hearing loss and have the means to get hearing aids, but do not, are being somewhat inconsiderate of those around them. e.g., I play golf with a few guys that continually ask others to repeat things, yet they refuse to have their hearing checked. I get tired of repeating everything so find myself holding back from having any conversations with them unless I am very near them. They are missing out on many side discussions, but are are also being inconsiderate to others that have to talk so loud when they have not made any attempt to get hearing assistance.

    • Madison December 6, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      What a true experience. It can be so frustrating for friends and family to cater to that person. Thank you for sharing that experience, Doug. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to it.

  4. R. Smith December 4, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    You are the best at what you do!!

Leave A Comment